EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WWLP) – Connecticut’s tribal casino owners are offering the state cash to build a third casino near MGM Springfield.
The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes are proposing to build a $300 million gaming and entertainment facility in East Windsor.
Last month, a Connecticut legislative committee approved two bills that would expand casino gambling. Now, to sweeten the deal, the tribes are proposing to offer the state 25% of the revenue generated by this new casino’s slot machines and table games.
They pay a quarter of slot machine revenue at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
Springfield leaders don’t seem concerned by a potential competitor 15 minutes south of MGM Springfield.
“I know the good people at MGM are not new to competition and they usually win when they’re competing, so we know we’re in good hands with MGM,” said Rick Sullivan, President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.
The tribes say that a third casino would help protect Connecticut jobs and revenue.
Their proposal still needs full approval from the state in order to move forward.